John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, Madeira Beach

An early 20th-century fishing village-turned-tourist-attraction, John's Pass Village and Boardwalk connects the Gulf of Mexico with the Intracoastal Waterway, Tampa Bay, and Boca Ciega Bay. The town still supports a fishing industry. Fresh catches from the fishing fleet are served at many restaurants in the area. You'll see Jet Skis and parasails gliding across the surface of the water near a reconstructed pirate ship that rests in the harbor. Consider signing up for a dolphin-sighting tour to enjoy the antics of the attraction's most charming occupants. With our online itinerary creator, Madeira Beach attractions like John's Pass Village and Boardwalk can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Made a last minute decision to go here during a visit to Tampa and glad we did. Lots of different shops to walk through and several restaurants. Had dinner overlooking the water and were able to do so...  more »
  • Loved going here, great shopping and plenty of places to eat and drink at. We will be back for sure.  more »
  • John's Pass Boardwalk is a great place for tourist to shop. There's a jewelry store that has everything for sale at $10. It can be a struggle to park but I found a spot in front of the surf shop and t...  more »
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  • Even as a local, this is one of my favorite places to go every weekend. Great spot to visit the beach or go fishing. The boardwalk has our favorite pub. Our son loves visiting the arcade and alligator attraction. Our daughter prefers the clothing stores and soap shop. Great place to get taffy and fudge and just enjoy the day. My husband and I visit frequently for date night at Mad Beach. Just so many things to see and do. It's hard to take it all in in just one visit.
  • I'm a local and I don't get down here very often given it's obvious tourist attraction but I recently went with a friend. There are spots that locals can enjoy and it's a great place to spend the day with visitors to Florida. It is HOT in the summer months, so dress accordingly but most of the restaurants have fans and misters to keep you cool. It's metered parking and might be a challenge in the peak hours but not as bad as parking on clearwater beach. It's a good stop after the beach if you're looking to grab some food or ice cream and stroll the shops.
  • Great place to bring visitors and family!! Historical influence to the area. Nice restaurants for all forms of diets. Many local shops with treasures to take home. Come visit dolphins on a boat tour or see the aquarium with alligators. Pay for parking. Out door restrooms are available but long waits at peak times.
  • Some places were closed, some were permanently close but still advertised. The restaurant was OK, for the price it was nothing special but the staff at the restaurant was very rude. Otherwise it was a nice place to walk around. We did get to see a family of dolphins jumping in and out of the water, that was enjoyable.
  • If you like beach bar eateries, fishing, and souvenir shopping, this is the place to go. We stayed about two minutes away by car And went there 3/6 days to try the eateries. We enjoyed all of our meals, cocktails, and the scenery. The shops are varied and reasonably priced for families. We saw dolphins and a lot of different kinds of birds. The parking was easy in October, but I could see it being much worse at high season. You pay about a dollar an hour and the self- serve kiosks take credit cards. It can be very windy there, so think about your hair blowing around and a light sweater.

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